28 Nov '14, 12am

Science Matters: Clean drinking water should be a human right in Canada

Shoal Lake's story is complicated . To begin, the Ontario-Manitoba border runs through the middle of the lake. Winnipeg has drawn its drinking water from the Manitoba side through a 153-kilometre aqueduct since 1914. I visited Shoal Lake during the national Blue Dot Tour in support of environmental rights. Driving east along the Trans-Canada Highway toward Kenora, we crossed the aqueduct before arriving in Kejick, home of Shoal Lake 39. Chief Fawn Wapioke from Shoal Lake 39 and Chief Erwin Redsky from Shoal Lake 40 greeted us. We then participated in a traditional water ceremony organized by Shoal Lake 39 elders. Chief Wapioke explained that lake water taken for Winnipeg requires the community to maintain artificial water levels, which affects fishing and wild rice harvesting. I also visited neighbouring Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, reached from the mainland by a short barg...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2014/11/...

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